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Natural Hair Anniversary

Well, it’s actually been a whole year since my natural hair journey began. And what a journey it’s been.

The first day I got my hair twisted, I left the hair salon feeling awful. My expectation was set based on all the Pinterest photos that I had seen of natural black hair. I knew nothing about natural hair, and thought that my hair would magically look like those seasoned twists. Well my twists looked like twigs. Thin, skinny, no puff. I had a lot to learn.

What I learned 

1. I learned that the hair categories (4b, 4c, etc.) are helpful, but they don’t define your hair.

2. I learned that hair is a big part of who you are, and although we don’t like to admit that hair defines us, it can if you let it. I went through a short period of feeling very unattractive. I let my hair define who I was. Thankfully I snapped out of it, and began to heal emotionally.

2. I found someone on YouTube that had similar hair to mine, and learned from her. I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. I just refined her techniques to work for my hair and lifestyle.

3. Once you find the products that work for you, establish a routine for washing, conditioning, twisting, twist outs, night regimen, length of twist out, protective style before wash again. The consistent regimen allows the hair to be trained. In about a month, my twists were beginning to puff, and hang properly.

4. I figured out how to maintain a twist out by twisting the twists into big twists at night. A major milestone for maintaining a daily twist out.  I now keep my twist outs for 2 weeks.

It’s been a journey, but I got it now.

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Eureka! No more frizz!

Hey Curly Girls!  I’m now 3 months curly, and in my last post I stated that I was still on a quest to find a product to help hold the frizz. I really would like to wear my hair twisted out for at least 3 to 5 days without it getting really frizzy and drying out. I did find a great way to keep the curl definition for a few days without wrapping it in a pineapple, thanks to Gabe Flowers video.

Well, I did some more research and found a product by Aveda called Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade. An anti-humectant is a moisture blocker, it is a hair product that repels moisture from your hair which prevents frizz due to excess moisture in the air. This satiny pomade is a light oil, similar to the consistency of bacon grease once it becomes a solid. It repels moisture from your hair, helping to prevent frizziness. It works excellent in humid weather, and even adds a little shine. I used a dime size portion on my twists before taking them out. Amazingly my twist out lasted all day with very little frizz. Even in my difficult area….no frizz!! Second day hair was awesome! My hair is still so soft. I think I’ll be able to wear my hair twisted out for at least 4-5 days.

Now remember, the goal is the keep the defined curls, that’s what I don’t want to get frizzy. Frizz near the scalp is good, it gives your twist out body, but I want to be able to keep those defined curls, otherwise why bother twisting.

The products that I’ve found so far are fitting into my regimen wonderfully! I’m feeling so much more confident about my journey.

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Two Months Into My Natural Hair

Well, it’s been 2 months since I started my Natural Hair Journey. It’s been a pretty smooth experience considering I knew very little about my natural hair. I have to say, it’s been more of an emotional journey which I’ll talk about in another blog.

I have started to develop a regimen, which is very important to maintain a healthy head of hair.

I’ve decided to have my hair washed and twisted at the hairdresser every 3 weeks for time sake.

After my wash and twist at the hairdresser, I leave in the twists for about 7 days. I continue to spray it with my coconut oil/water each morning and evening. I try to wear my twists pinned up in a ponytail to keep my hair protected and stretched.

After 7 days, I take the twist out. I make sure that I put pure coconut oil on my hands and hair before taking out the twists. This cuts down on the friction (which creates frizz).

I found a way to maintain my twist out by twisting my hair in large twist at night. This video by Gabe Flowers was fantastic! And it works!!! My hair is a similar texture and length as Gabe, and I find her videos very helpful and encouraging.

My hair still frizzes a lot in one particular area (left front). So I am still on a quest to find a product to help hold the frizz in that area.

After about 3 days, It’s time to wear a protective style again. I would like to wear my hair out longer, but it’s just too dry. I have a lot of hair, and even wearing it all in a ponytail is just too much hair to keep moisturized. I’m learning that the smaller the sections, the better it stays hydrated.

So I’ve been creating large twists, and pinning them up. I’m still able to wear scarves and headbands for style. My hair stays so soft this way. I’ll twist out again right before I get another wash.

 

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New Natural Curls

My second twist out was a big improvement. As I continued my research, I read that leave-in conditioner helps in creating great curl definition while continuing to keep the hair moisturized. So I did some research on the best leave-in. You want to find a leave-in conditioner that is mostly water. Look for water as a first Ingredient. You want to avoid: mineral oil, parabens, petroleum and drying alcohols i.e. SD Alcohol 40, Ethanol, SD Alcohol and Propanol.  These are chemicals that tend to dry out your hair.

Pick a leave-in conditioner that fits your type of porosity. My hair has a high porosity, so water penetrates my hair quickly. A heavier thick conditioner is best for my hair. I chose
Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner to create my twists.  I sprayed a twist section with my water/coconut oil mixture, then I added a small dime size amount of leave-in, and then a small amount of Care Free Curl Activator and twisted. I also added perm rods on the ends this time. My twist out was extra curly because of the perm rods, but my curls were well defined, and stayed curled all day. I kept outside curls, and the roots got frizzy, giving volume to my hairstyle. It didn’t look thin this time. It looked like a 2nd day hair the 1st day!

I also believe that with time your hair becomes trained, and takes better to the twists each time.

 

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My Natural Hair Journey

curlyhairme_PastelHair. I think it’s the one gift that God gave us that defines your look. It’s the one thing that can make you look drastically different depending on the style. It’s the one thing that people notice right away. I know it might seem shallow, but people spend thousands of dollars on their hair (or lack of it), and alot of time!

Long, short, thick, curly, straight, colored, permed, frizzy, and fried. Hair can be an esteem booster, a life changer. It can change how you feel about yourself. It’s a powerful tool, because it’s a first impression.

So it’s no wonder I had my doubts about changing my hair. Going natural is a drastic change. No more straightening, blow-drying, coloring! Hello curls, big hair, frizz, gray. This decision had to come from the soul, and that it did!

So I’m on my way. I started my official natural hair journey May 22nd. I know this won’t be of interest to all of my followers, so I’ve started a new category on my blog called “My Natural Hair Journey”. It’s a popular subject these days, and there’s alot of interest out there. You all know how blogging is therapy for me, well, I need some serious therapy for this journey. So check back in to see how I’m doing!